To work closely with a killer whale in a marine park requires experience, intuition, athleticism, and a whole lot of dramatic flair few people were better at it than top seaworld trainer dawn. The research that has been done on orca whales in the wild and in captivity provide enough evidence that these intelligent creatures do not deserve to be held captive, especially under the conditions that they have to live through every day. Wild orcas and dolphins live in large, complex social groups and swim vast distances every day in the open ocean in captivity, these animals can only swim in endless circles in tanks that are the equivalent of bathtubs, and they are denied the opportunity to engage in almost any natural behavior. The vancouver aquarium is giving up its fight to keep whales and dolphins in captivity, saying the heated public debate on the issue is hindering its conservation work staff at the non-profit. A senate bill to be tabled this afternoon would phase out the captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises in canada, a move that targets the vancouver aquarium and marineland in niagara falls, ont.
Seaworld san diego, long known for its live killer-whale shows, will begin phasing out the performances next year in favor of conservation-based shows, company representatives announced yesterday. Framing the issue there are many reasons why the issue of whale captivity can be deemed a wicked problem rittel (1974) names 10 ways which categorize a problem as wicked, all of which this highly complex issue falls under. End captivity although listed as number 10, we know that for many of you this is your number one issue - putting an end to the captivity of whales and dolphins wdc continues to tackle this complex issue strategically, from many different angles.
The wca global programme on captivity focuses on the rehabilitation and release of whales and dolphins currently held in captivity in dolphinariums and aquariums worldwide by developing resources that will strengthen the work of the wca, its partners, and the wider community campaigning on this issue, we are encouraging an end to this practice. The vancouver park board is holding an unusual weekend meeting today to discuss the controversial issue of keeping cetaceans in captivity at the vancouver aquarium more than 130 supporters and. Killer whales, more properly known as orcas, have been kept in captivity since 1961, helpless victims of a blatantly commercial experiment which has seen dozens of wild orcas plucked from their families and forced to live in artificial social groupings which bear scant resemblance to their natural order. Keeping whales in captivity is a complicated issue, and the critical 2013 documentary blackfish has brought more attention to it this claim is an oversimplification of a much more complex.
Today the bad publicity of capturing killer whales means that most of the killer whales in marine theme parks were born in captivity, with only the oldest killer whales being originally caught in the wild. The issue of keeping cetaceans in captivity and under the care of man has been a controversial practice ever since the first dolphins and whales were taken into aquariums for the ammusement of people. Despite the evidence that whales and dolphins are complex social animals that do not belong in captivity, marine theme parks worldwide continue to put them on display.
The issue of killer whale lifespan is one that is often misconstrued and overly simplified the simple truth is that no one knows only a small percentage of the world's wild killer whales — a few populations off the coasts of washington, british columbia and alaska — have been studied long enough to produce statistically valid research. Killer whales deserve freedom kimberly hall com 155 november 27, 2011 mara galvez killer whales deserve freedom orcas are complex social creatures deserving freedom and respect, not captivity in theme parks under the guise of public education and entertainment. Killer whales by their nature cannot thrive in captivity these animals are too large, too wide-ranging, too intelligent, too complex to thrive in captivity, she says.
Born free is convinced that the complex needs of cetaceans cannot be met in captivity cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) suffer physically and mentally from life in captivity. Opinion: keeping cetaceans in captivity isn't a black and white issue working at the vancouver aquarium showed me the debate isn't about choosing between right and wrong it's about deciding on the lesser of evils. Those opposed to marine mammal captivity don't expect parks to simply set all marine animals free into the ocean, but we do expect for a conversation about the future of marine mammal captivity.